Public Act 99-0906 (the "Future Energy Jobs Act") took effect on June 1, 2017. This Act substantially revamped the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard to include new procurements and programs administered by the Illinois Power Agency.
As part of the implementation of this Act, the Agency developed an Initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan in 2017 which was finalized in 2018. In 2019 the Agency began the process of revising the Plan and a Final Revised Plan was released in April 2020.
- The Adjustable Block Program (for photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar), also known as Illinois Shines
- Accepting applications for distributed generation projects 10 kW and below. New community solar and larger distributed generation project applications are currently being put on a waitlist.
- The Illinois Solar for All Program (for low-income photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar)
- Accepting applications for low-income residential distributed generation projects. Project application windows for non-profits/public facilities and low-income community solar projects will open in summer 2020.
- Competitive procurements (for Renewable Energy Credits from new utility-scale wind, utility-scale photovoltaic, and brownfield photovoltaic projects)
- A procurement for RECs from new utility-scale wind projects is expected to be scheduled in early 2021.
Update to the Initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (2019/2020)
Final Revised Plan (April 20, 2020)
Filed Revised Plan (October 21, 2019)
Draft Revised Plan for Public Comment (August 15, 2019)
[April 20, 2020]
IPA files Final Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan with the ICC.
[April 10, 2020]
Responses to IPA's request for feedback on next utility-scale wind procurement posted.
[April 9, 2020]
IPA seeks feedback on Adjustable Block Program REC Contract.
[April 3, 2020]
Request for Comments - Adjustable Block Program Draft Marketing Guidelines and Community Solar Disclosure Form
[March 20, 2020]
IPA COVID-19 announcements regarding Agency operations, emergency changes to marketing guidelines, REC contracts, system inspections, workshops, and Illinois Solar for All grassroots education activities.
[March 16, 2020]
IPA seeks feedback for next utility-scale wind procurement.
[February 18, 2020]
ICC approves Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.
[October 21, 2019]
IPA files Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan with the ICC.
[October 2, 2019]
Comments on draft Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan posted.
[September 3, 2019]
IPA announces updated schedule for written comments on the draft Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. Written comments now due September, 30, 2019.
[August 15, 2019]
Draft Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan released.
[July 24, 2019]
Responses to request for comments on updating the initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan posted.
[July 3, 2019]
Request for comments on June Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan workshops posted, deadline July 22, 2019.
[June 20 & 26, 2019]
Workshops to discuss updating the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan held.
[March 7, 2019]
Responses to Request for Comments on Brownfield Site Photovoltaic Procurement posted.
[January 4, 2019]
The opening of the
Adjustable Block Program for project applications will be postponed from January 15, 2019 to January 30, 2019.
[November 1, 2018]
Illinois Solar for All website launches. The Illinois Solar for All Program is expected to open for vendor registration on February 5, 2019 and for project applications in April 2019.
Update [September 10, 2018] –
Draft Adjustable Block Program Block 1 Lottery Proposal released for stakeholder comments
Updates [August 6, 2018]
Adjustable Block Program website launches. Please visit
www.illinoisabp.com. The Agency expects to open the program for vendor registration on November 1, 2018, and for project applications from Approved Vendors on January 15, 2019. You can sign-up on the new website to receive announcements related to the development of program materials and information for the Adjustable Block Program. The Adjustable Block Program supports the development of new photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar projects in Illinois.
The Agency has released the final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, updated to reflect the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Orders in Docket No. 17-0838.
Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan
Update [June 4, 2018]
Renewable Energy Credit Prices for the Adjustable Block Program and the Illinois Solar for All Program.
Update [April 4, 2018]
On April 3, 2018 the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a Final Order in Docket No. 17-0838 approving the Illinois Power Agency's Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. Over the coming months the Agency will update and finalize the Plan based on the Commission's Final Order, and will release additional information about upcoming procurements and programs.
If you are interested in participating in an Agency program as a household or business that is considering installing photovoltaics or subscribing to a community solar project, or if you are a developer of such projects, please be patient as the Agency and its Program Administrators develop and finalize program design, policies and procedures, and application processes.
At this time the programs to support photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar have not yet opened. The Agency will make announcements on this website when more information is available.
Adjustable Block Program (photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar)
Illinois Solar for All Program (low-income distributed generation and community solar and incentives for public facilities and non-profits)
- The Agency has issued a Request for Proposals for a Program Administrator to run the Adjustable Block Program and a Request for Proposals for a Program Administrator to run the Illinois Solar for All Program (only qualified Offerors who responded to earlier Requests for Qualifications were invited to bid). Bids are due April 13 (Adjustable Block) and April 30 (Illinois Solar for All). The Agency will then review bids and select Program Administrators (subject to ICC approval).
Once the Program Administrators are in place, the Agency and Program Administrators will announce schedules for when program materials will be available, when registration of Approved Vendors will begin, and when the programs will open for applications from Approved Vendors.
At this time, the Agency does not expect Approved Vendor registration to begin until the Fall.
The Agency will also be finalizing REC prices for the two programs and expects to release them by June 4, 2018.
- The schedule for the competitive Forward procurements to be conducted in 2018 (for new utility-scale wind, new utility-scale solar, and new brownfield solar) will be announced later this Spring.
Adjacent State Facility Eligibility
Initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (2017-2018)
Final Plan (August 6, 2018)
Initial ICC Filing (December 4, 2017)
Draft Plan (September 29 2017)
2019 Renewable Resources Activities
2018 Renewable Resources Activities
2017 Renewable Resources Activities
The Agency held workshops in May, 2017 to discuss the implementation of Public Act 99-0906. After the workshops the Agency issued Requests for Comments. Information on the workshops and the responses to the Requests for Comments are contained here:
Initial Forward Procurement
Pursuant to Section 1-75(c)(1)(G) of the Illinois Power Agency Act, the Agency conducted an Initial Forward Procurement for one million annual RECs from new utility-scale wind projects and for 200,000 annual RECs from new utility-scale photovoltaic projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects in August 2017. The Agency then conducted two additional photovoltaic Initial Forward Procurements each for 400,000 annual RECs in March and April 2018.
In 2017 the Agency conducted procurements for distributed renewable generation resources on behalf of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican pursuant to the Agency's 2017 Procurement Plan.
Renewable Portfolio Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers
Public Act 99-0906 also revised how Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers ("ARES") comply with the RPS. ARES compliance with the RPS is determined by the
Illinois Commerce Commission.
ARES are recommended to review the changes to the administrative rules related to their RPS compliance (Title 83, Part 455: Renewable Portfolio Standard and Clean Coal Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers and Utilities Operating Outside their Service Areas).
Emergency Rules were adopted on June 1, 2017, and proposed permanent rules were developed in
ICC Docket No. 17-0267.
Utility Procurements (20 ILCS 3855/1-75(c))
The Illinois Power Agency procures renewable resources for Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. As described above these obligations will be changing pursuant to Public Act 99-0906.
Renewable Energy Resources Fund (20 ILCS 3855/1-56)
The Illinois Power Agency also administers the Renewable Energy Resources Fund which is comprised of Alternative Compliance Payments made by Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers as part of their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. (Effective June 1, 2017, those payments are no longer made to the Renewable Energy Resources Fund.)
The fund is currently being used to support the $30 million Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan authorized by the Illinois General Assembly in Public Act 98-0672. View the
Plan and procurement results. The Plan included three rounds of procurements in 2015/2016 that have now concluded.
As part of the Long-term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Renewable Energy Resources Fund will also be used to support the Illinois Solar for All Program which will provide additional incentives for low-income households and communities. See the draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan for more information.
Metering Standards for Distributed Generation participating in IPA Procurements
Distributed Generation Interconnection Requirements/Net Metering